Tuesday, January 31, 2012



Happy Tuesday! Here today to share with you a special card and gift box set that you can put together in under thirty minutes. Used Gel-A-Tins Sugar & Spice stamp set to create something for the little one.


So here we go...
1. Begin with a folded cardstock and cut piece of paper for the front of the card. Stamp with Gel-A-Tins Coffee Break full circle to create a polka-dot effect. Cut smaller piece of paper, this can be any size just wide enough to fit the stamped images inside. Add fabric to the bottom, backside of the smaller piece of paper and sew onto larger (card front) piece of paper. Adhere to cardstock.
2. Add ribbon to center of card.
3. Stamp three images using Gel-A-Tins Sugar & Spice, cut out and mount onto card.
4. Add pom-pom trim, ric-rac, flower and glitter to card.
5. Die cut circle, stamp with Coffee Break Circle and sentiment stamps. Cut in half and adhere to card.


The gift box was quite fun.
Gift Box:
1. Cut 2 pieces of cardstock. Stamp with Coffee Break and Love Knots.
2. Cut strip of cardstock, which will be used to create the box and score to create the bottom and sides of the box. Use your previously cut front and back side of the box as a guide to cutting and folding this piece.
3. Die cut two large circles, die cutting a smaller circle in the center. Die cut half of smaller circle at the top of the front and back. Adhere together.
4. Adhere the bag together and add embellishments.

Gel-A-Tins Love Knots
Gel-A-Tins Sugar & Spice
Gel-A-Tins Coffee Break
Pink Paislee - paper
Prairie Bird Boutique - ribbon
Prima - flower
Papertrey Ink - sentiment stamp, cardstock
Quickutz - circle die
Melissa Frances - pom-pom trim
mini clothes pin

Monday, January 30, 2012

Fun Valentine's Day decor

I think I lot of us tend to just use our stamps for card making, but it's important to remember that a lot of the value in stamps is because of how versatile they are.  I love using my stamps to make embellishemnts and for altered projects.  I really love how these hanging hearts turned out.

I used a couple of the stamps from the A Hundred Hearts set to make these.  The stamps were used on pages from an old dictionary.  I stamped them so that you could read the romantic words I found :)  I misted them and cut them out, then mounted them inside some spray painted and distressed heart shaped tart pans.  The chipboard and paper hearts on the back side were cut using my Xyron/Spellbinder's dies, and I accented everything with some fancy trims and some vintage silver glass glitter.  I think I'll end up putting these in my front entry.

Have a great Monday and don't forget to ask your favorite local craft store about carrying gel-a-tins!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Congratulations card by Kim

At the end of January what else could we have on our minds but Love, Love Love? What with Valentine's Day being just around the corner, hearts will be plentiful in the coming weeks. But can you really make use of the CRACKLE PAINT stamps for a lovey-dovey card?

Judge for yourself:


Spray a piece of chipboard with some Smooch Spritz for a glitz look and stamp right onto the now coloured chipboard once the mist has dried. Sprinkle some embossing powder on top and set with a heat gun.

Now ink a chipboard button with some Mixed Media Inx in Chiffon and once dried attach this to the heart with an organza ribbon.


Add a sentiment, which comes from the FANCY DOILY set and stamp with the same colour as used for the embossing and colouring of the chipboard button.

There you go, a simplistic, love-infused card


Supplies used:
Cardstock - Bazzill
Mists - Donna Salazar Smooch Spritz for Clearsnap
Ink - Donna Salazar Mixed Media Inx for Clearsnap
Embossing Powder - Donna Salazar for Clearsnap
Pearls, Ribbon - unknown
Chipboard - Crate

Friday, January 27, 2012

Mini Valentine's Day card

Hey again!  I've got a cute little card that is all about the stamps today!

I used the A Hundred Hearts set here again.  These little hearts on strings stamp is so cute and it really makes the card.  I just added a few little sparkly heart stickers in and around the stamped image.  The sentiment was stamped directly onto the ribbon and then layered over some kraft paper and a sticker.

These mini cards are so fun to make and they're a great way to start a day of crafting!

Have a happy Friday!

Supplies Used:
Card: Joanne's
Ink: Stampin Up
Flat heart stickers: Doodlebug
Felt heart sticker: K & Co
Glitter heart stickers: K & Co
Adhesive: Xyron
Ribbon: Michael's

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Hanging Valentine's treat box by Jessica

Hello everyone!  Jessica here with a pretty quick little Valentine's Day project for you. 
I have been looking for things that I can make and give to my kids for Valentine's Day, and it can be hard because we don't really make a big deal out of it, but I do like to do something special for them.  I know they appreciate this stuff (especially if the gift involves candy :)
I decided to make up these little treat boxes that would be perfect for hanging on a bedroom door as a special surprise in the morning.

The template is one that I ordered as part of a set from Oriental Trading, but you could do a search on the internet for free templates and you shouldn't have any problem finding something that would work.  I used a heavier cardstock type paper, and the A Hundred Hearts stamp set by gel-a-tins on this one.

Just cut out, score and ink the box, then attach the sides to put it together.  Add your stamped embellishments, and some other small accents, run some ribbon through punched holes on the top and this treat box is ready to be filled with candy!

I hope you like this, and all of our great DT work that we share on the blog.  Have a great day!

Supplies Used:
Stampin Up ink
BoBunny paper
Box Template by Oriental Trading
Heart accents by Recollections
Ribbon by May Arts and Michael's
Heart punch by Stampin Up
Adhesive by Xyron
Flower by Hobby Lobby

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Sugar and Spice card by Jeannie

Today I want to show you a card I came up with just by looking at the wrapping on my Authentique paper Miracle Collection Kit.


Just by looking at the above I thought it'd make a great background. Here it is cut to the size I needed.


 You can see here, I am adding my layers of Cheery Lynn Designs border dies, fabric tape etc.

 For the stamps I embossed them in a powder that is a bit "shabby chic." The image is distorted slightly, but it works for this card.

The set I am using is called:

Sugar & Spice

Here is the card all assembled.

I love the soft colors and they playful stamps.


Such a cute card for a new bundle of joy!


 I hope you will remember to look at covers of paper pads, kit inserts and packaging. There is always something that can be reused, just like I reused the kit insert on this card! Just remember to always, think out side of the box!

I hope you have enjoyed my post today! Be sure to visit the Gel A Tins blog because we have some AMAZING designers that are always coming up with new things to try!

Have a great day and see ya next week with more GEL A TINS fun!

This has been Jeannie from The Polka Cabana with today's post.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

CAS Happy Cupcake Card by Donna

This week I wanted to make a quick and easy CAS card with the Gel-a-tins Sweet Cakes stamp set. I was trying to think of something to use this fun sentiment with and here's what I came up with - a happy cupcake. I think if you ate one of those everyday it would definitely take the grumpies away!!

To make this card I stamped the icing in pink on white paper and cut it out. Then I stamped the bottom of the cupcake in grey and cut it out. I added two "googly" eyes and drew in a mouth and attached the cupcake to the card with foam tape. Then I stamped the sentiment in black ink.

Thanks for stopping by today - check out my blog and say HI if you get a chance http://thecraftycorgi.blogspot.com

1. Card stock - Whisper White - Stampin' Up
2. Stamp set - Sweet Cakes - Gel-a-tins
3. Ink - London Fog, Tuxedo Black, Rose Bud - Memento
4. Foam tape - Stampin' Dimensionals - Stampin' Up
5. Paper Snips - Martha Stewart
6. Googly Eyes - Hobby Lobby

Monday, January 23, 2012

Cosmo Pups take-out box by Linda

Hi everyone...
I am here again and today I would like to share with you a cute altered take-out box that I embellish with pink scalloped border and pink pearls. The main image is my favorite cute dog stamp from Cosmo Pups stamp set.

The edge of the take-out box was distressed using Ranger ink. On the top of the handle were two stamped images, paw (stamped on the sticker tag) and bone on top of the red and white twine.

This project is great for you if you like to create baked homemade dog treats to share. Happy paw to you!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Home Layout by Kim


Hello everyone, this is Kim with you again sharing another layout which makes use of the wonderful CRACKLE PAINT stamp.

This time I wanted to achieve a kind of brick look and first stamped onto a kraft tag with Mixed Media Ink - a slow drying ink from Donna Salazar Designs, which actually stays wet long enough so you can add embossing powder!
After I set the embossing powder with a heat gun, I sprayed over the whole tag repeatedly with Smooch Spritz in red berries. Once this tried, I took a baby wipe and wiped over the surface of the tag. The embossed areas will repel the ink and the stamped image will be a crispy white, therefore giving the look of old brickwork.

Supplies used:
Cardstock - Donna Salazar Artistic Papers for GCD Studios
Mists - Donna Salazar Smooch Spritz for Clearsnap
Ink - Donna Salazar Mixed Media Inx for Clearsnap
Journaling Spots - Sassafras Lass, Elle's Studio
Stickers - American Crafts, Dymo
Pearls - Want2Scrap
Other - Embroidery Floss, Blossoms

Friday, January 20, 2012

Adorable You

Hi Everyone! Today I am sharing a card with you, that I made with two stamp sets: Shifting Gears & Hello!. I love this stamp set Hello! , because you can use it on your scrapbook pages or make some fun cards with it! You can find the stamp set in the Gel-a-tins Store here: http://gelatinstampshop.com/wholesale/p ... ucts_id=40

Here is the Hello! Stamp Set:

I absolutely LOVE all the little sayings on it! Here is the card I created:

1. On Cream Cardstock stamp three different Gears from the Shifting Gears set with three different colours. Cut this to fit on your cardstock base and adhere.
2. Add Patterned paper to the top half of the base of the card.
3. Tie coordinating ribbon where the cream paper, and patterened paper meet. Stamp GUARANTEED stamp from the Hello! Stamp set. on red cardstock. Cut around it, and adhere it onto your card.
4. Stamp the GUARANTEED stamp again onto cream cardstock.Stamp your word of choice (I chose adorable) onto the center part. Cut out only the word, and pop this up using foam tape.
5. Add any additional lettering with small alphabet stickers.

Materials Used

Gel-a-tins Stamp Sets: Shifting Gears & Hello!
Cardstock & Patterned Paper: Papertrey Ink
Ink: Ranger & Papertrey Ink
ribbon: Papertrey Ink
Letters: Ruby Rock-it

Thursday, January 19, 2012

A Sassy Elephant card by Jeannie

If you are anything like me, I gather inspirations from many places. Sometimes I feel it is almost a curse because I see layouts, cards designs all around me.

It is hard to explain, but today's post is a perfect example.

I knew I wanted to work with this Sassafras bundle I had, so I took a look at the cover and instantly the finished card's image formed in my mind.

Here is what I started out with. The bundle of Nerdy Bird papers from which I used 3 different patterned papers.


Now, I could have just used the wonderful "pieced" looking paper for my background, but by only using a portion, I can get more projects out of the adorable main sheet and the portion I use will stand out more!

Here is what I did, I cut out a section and built my own background with strips of the other papers. I made sure to include that small purple strip too, because it was too cute to throw away,


The Gel a Tins set I chose to use is called: Elephant Garden

I embossed my elephants in 3 different colors.


Then I took 2 of the flower stamps and used them at the same time and embossed them in yellow on the polka dot paper.

Then I took one of the Paisleys and embossed it in a darker blue on the swirly blue background paper.


They I took a zig zagged all around the card. I had the card on wax paper and after I sewed everything I tore the wax paper off. The result is that it left traces of ripped paper all around that I tinted pink. I love the way it looks, it is hard to see here though.


Here is the finished card! I added the googly eyes because it just goes along with the whimsy of the paper product, don't you agree?


Ahh, such a happy card!

I hope you have enjoyed my post today! This has been Jeannie with The Polka Cabana with today's post!
Have a great day and see ya next week with more GEL A TINS fun!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Life's Simple Pleasures Card by Donna

I decided to make a card this week that could be used for Valentine's Day since it's coming up! I used the Gel-a-tins stamp set called Sweet Cakes. To make this card I used a dark pink paper for the back of the card. Then I cut a slightly smaller panel with the hearts paper. I die cut the circle with the scallop, placed a light piece of paper in the scallop and placed it on the hearts paper and cut the sides to fit the rectangular hearts panel. Then I stamped the sentiment on the lighter color paper and added some pink pearls. I paper pieced the cupcake and adhered it to the card with foam tape.

Then I cut a small strip of the dark pink paper and adhered it to the card and added pink pearls to the strip.

1. Decorative Paper - Kissing Booth - Basic Grey
2. Stamp set - Sweet Cakes - Gel-a-tins
3. Ink - Basic Black - Stampin' Up
4. Pearls - Michaels
5. Die - Circle Scallop - Sizzix
6. Foam Tape - Stampin Dimensionals - Stampin' Up

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

When you are in love...


When I first saw these boy and girl stamps from Gel-A-Tins new release (Sugar & Spice and Snips & Snails) I knew they were meant for each other. So sweet, so easy to stamp and just perfect for Valentine's Day!


Along with using these sets I also added a few others that you may recognize. Stamped along the bottom edge of the card is Coffee Break's circle stamp. The sentiment stamped scallop border is lightly stamped pink using Love Knots. And lastly, I used Love Knots to stamp a single heart, trimmed, mounted onto the girl image and glittered. Lots of subtle layers using a variety of stamps to give this card a completely romantic look.


Gel-A-Tins Love Knots
Gel-A-Tins Sugar & Spice
Gel-A-Tins Snips & Snails
Gel-A-Tins Coffee Break

Additional Supplies:
Epiphany Crafts - circle punch
Melissa Frances - paper
Pink Paislee - paper
The Girl's Paperie - paper
Prairie Bird Boutique - ribbon
Remember Me Emily - button
Spellbinders - scallop rectangle die
adhesive pearls

Monday, January 16, 2012

Patisserie Cupcake Card

Hello all…
I hope you had a great weekend and got the opportunity to finish some of your art projects. I have been busy with the kids trying to get the Christmas decoration out of the way and put them back into the box, out to the basement!
For this week, I create a cute pink card, featuring the Sweet Cake Stamp Set. After gathering all my supplies, I started by adding a patterned paper rectangle and scalloped paper, sewing stitch all sides for accent. I then adhered another rose patterned paper with foam tape and added chipboard base behind the main stamped cupcake image.


I wrapped the card with gingham ribbon and topped with head pins and wooden button. To finish, I applied some pearls on each corner.
I hope you enjoy the card that I share with you today and I will see you again next Monday. Happy Stamping!

Other materials:
Pearls: Queen & Co
Glitter: Martha Stewart
Wooden Button: My Mind’s Eye
Ink: Tim Holtz and Ranger

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Best Wishes card by Kim

Today I would like to share a quick card with you, making use again of my current favourite stamp - CRACKLE PAINT


Stamp twice directly onto the card base. After I stamped the left hand side first, I rotated the stamp by 180 degrees to ensure that the end of the crackle lines match up as best possible. I LOVE the effect this stamp gives to any background


Cut a strip of patterned paper the length of the card and a width of about 2" and run a border punch along the top and bottom edge. Adhere this to the background.
Add a sentiment, such as this one which comes from the FANCY DOILY set and adhere to the paper strip.

I also love to experiment with embossing powders and I after I sprayed two flowers with some mists, I sprinkled some random embossing powder onto the leaves.


And here is the complete card again


Supplies used:
Cardstock - Bazzill
Papers - My Minds Eye
Mists - Donna Salazar Smooch Spritz for Clearsnap
Ink - Donna Salazar Mixed Media Inx for Clearsnap
Embossing Powder - Donna Salazar for Clearsnap
Pearls - Want2Scrap
Border Punch - Martha Steward
Flowers - unknown

Friday, January 13, 2012

Sew in Love!

Happy New Year everyone! Even though its only January, I thought I would inspire you with a card that can be used for the upcoming holiday- Valentines Day or if you just want to tell someone special that you LOVE them. I used the SEWING KIT stamp set (found in the store: here) , and this stamp set is AWESOME!


So versatile, and it comes with super cute buttons, that can be embossed, stamped, threaded etc... I loved the long stitching stamps too, and decided to make the background of my card using them! Here is the card:

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And here is a close up of the sentiment
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1. Stamp in alternating order the three long stitches in three different colors on cream cardstock.
2. Mat this onto black cardstock, and then place on your red cardstock card.
3. Attach the flower.
4. Stamp the LOVE button on red cardstock. Thread bakers twine through the button holes. Tie a bow. Pop the button up on the flower
5. Finish the sentiment by adding "sew in" in tiny alphas.

Materials Used:
Gel-a-tins Stamp: Sewing Kit
Papertrey Ink
Papertrey Cardstock
Ruby Rock-it Alphas
MS Twine
Best Creation Foam Tape